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New youth mental health data 'a cry for help'

While youth mental health was already deteriorating before the coronavirus pandemic, in the two years following the isolation, grief, and anxiety, researchers are finding that a dark wave of depression is washing over the adolescents of America.... Read more»

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Two proposals target Arizona trans youth in sports, medicine

Arizona medical professionals who perform gender-affirming surgery or provide hormonal treatment to transgender or gender nonconforming minors would face felony charges and prison time under a proposed law from northern Arizona legislator Sen. Wendy Rogers.... Read more»

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Social media gives support to LGBTQ youth when in-person communities are lacking

Teens today have grown up on the internet, and social media has served as a space where LGBTQ youth in particular can develop their identities.... Read more»

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Nurses are leaving the profession, and replacing them won’t be easy

The fourth wave of COVID-19 is exacerbating the ongoing crisis for the nursing workforce and has led to burnout for many nurses - as a result, many are quitting their jobs in large numbers all across the country, with 62% of hospitals reporting a nurse vacancy rate higher than 7.5%.... Read more»

COVID drives tech research in Tucson, from food robots to an app for loneliness

In Arizona, the push for new technology has led to innovations to help curb loneliness, improve access to health care and track the spread of the disease.... Read more»

Marijuana & mental health: Examining a complicated relationship

As restrictions on marijuana use fall and its popularity around the world rises, researchers and therapists are examining its influence on mental health. Some medical experts say cannabis has a negative effect on the psychological well-being of chronic users; however, other researchers say marijuana can alleviate suffering for people with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.... Read more»

The other pandemic: Loneliness widespread with loss of social connections

One issue that has affected Americans across the country is the loss of social connectedness. Even before the pandemic shuttered schools, restaurants and workplaces last spring, an estimated 3 in 5 Americans reported a growing sense of loneliness, according to Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Index. ... Read more»

How your brain tricks you into taking risks during the pandemic

The unprecedented nature of the pandemic undermines how we process information and assess risk. Need proof? Look around.... Read more»

Few Arizona mental health providers as COVID-19 spikes anxiety, depression

Arizona ranks close to last in the nation when it comes to available mental health care providers – a problem that’s been underscored during a pandemic that is increasing anxiety and depression.... Read more»

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Social isolation raises dementia risk in older adults

Loneliness has been found to increase the risk of developing dementia by as much as 20%. In fact, loneliness has an influence similar to other more well-established dementia risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, physical inactivity and hearing loss. ... Read more»

Hispanics show immunity from rising U.S. suicide rates

Experts attribute the relatively low suicide rate among Latinos to the culture’s strong family and community support systems, which appear to provide some degree of protection. ... Read more»

Arizona sun may spur summer SAD: a rare, lonely depression

Medical experts link Summertime Seasonal Affective Disorder to the change in seasons, driving insomnia, agitation and intense sadness. It’s more common in hotter climates like Arizona, with its string of triple-digit temperatures, experts say. Heat, light, circadian rhythms and even the empty streets during a sizzling day could be triggers.... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

The women's health issue no one talks about: Depression

About 1 out of 5 women in America will experience depression in her lifetime, twice the number of men. Over the past decade, people have increasingly treated depression with medication: And today, about 15 percent of women take an antidepressant. Are they being overprescribed? It's complicated.... Read more»

Busting myths about mental illness

Mental illness is common — and so are misconceptions about it. These too-often-believed myths can be harmful to you and your loved ones.... Read more»

Most states list deadly methadone as 'preferred drug'

Methadone far surpasses all other opiates as a cause of overdose deaths. But most state Medicaid agencies continue to list it as a “preferred drug” for chronic pain. ... Read more»

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